Stephen Hasner | Workers' Compensation | March 6, 2018
If you were injured on the job, you may face a difficult recovery period. Workers’ compensation should help you get through this time and address your financial losses. Collecting on workers’ compensation, however, is not always a straightforward process, and it becomes even more complicated if you make any mistakes along the way. As such, make sure you understand your rights and responsibilities so that you can help strengthen your claim and ensure that you are never accused of workers’ compensation fraud. Hiring the attorneys at Hasner Law can help you do just that.
Under workers’ compensation, you have the right to medical coverage, to wage benefits, to seek medical care from a company-approved doctor, and to seek a second opinion if you deem it necessary. In addition, if your injury necessitates emergency treatment, workers’ compensation allows the right to such care.
Not every workers’ compensation claim is approved, however, and some claims are only approved after significant battles. As such, scrupulously adhere to the requirements mandated by workers’ compensation—and never engage in any activity or provide any information that the insurance company could construe as fraudulent.
Common Mistakes Can Compromise a Claim
Some Georgia workers’ compensation claims are denied, so consider the most common mistakes that applicants make:
- Exaggerating injuries incurred on the job
- Failing to fully disclose any relevant preexisting injuries or conditions
- Missing medical appointments with doctors or specialists
- Failing to follow medical advice
- Posting on social media during the pendency of a claim (which can come back and compromise the claim)
The exaggeration of injuries and the failure to disclose preexisting injuries are so closely related to accusations of workers’ compensation fraud that they merit a closer look. It is commonly understood that the workers’ compensation process can appear difficult and even arbitrary, which leads some applicants to fear the rejection of their legitimate claims. Do not, however, make the common mistake of exaggerating your injuries to bolster your claim. If you have a legitimate claim, stick to the facts of that claim.
Never exaggerate your injuries or the effects they have on your life. Simply share the facts as they relate to your claim and as your ensuing medical treatments evidence them. There is no need to bolster these facts with exaggerations or embellishments. Furthermore, do not fail to reveal a preexisting condition—even if you do not think it is relevant to the injury in question. An insurance company can construe either action as an attempt to engage in workers’ compensation fraud, which is likely to put you in an even more difficult position.
Consult an Experienced Savannah Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Today
Your workers’ compensation claim is too important not to consult with an experienced workers’ comp attorney. At Hasner Law, our skilled Georgia workers’ compensation attorneys have the experience and determination to fight for your claim’s best possible outcome. We are here to help, so please contact us online or call our Savannah office at (912) 234-2334 today.